With no humans, how long would automated systems run?
My girlfriend and I were having a discussion recently about how automated society is becoming. She posed the question. "If humans were wiped out overnight or very quickly by some kind of virus, how long would the automated manufacturing systems and computer systems continue to operate.?"
Paul - Well actually, we ran our previous supercomputer, which was a Sun, for probably about 3 months without human intervention. (I won't go into why that was!) Our current machine would probably run for a couple of weeks.